Erin Hawley, the wife of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), said in a piece for Fox News that a recent attack on her home by angry, anti-Trump protesters was "not civil discourse."
Hawley wrote that she was home alone on January 4 with her seven-week-old daughter when she heard the sound of angry voices coming from outside. She looked and saw approximately 20 protesters standing in front of the house shouting through bullhorns. Hawley said she then stepped outside with her baby in her arms and asked the protesters to leave, but they refused. After going back inside, she saw at least three large men blocking the front porch shouting "Come out, come out."
Police responded after about 15 minutes, and they informed the protesters that they were in violation of at least three laws including a noise ordinance, graffiti on public property, and a state law against residential picketing.
After littering the front lawn with signs and threatening to return morning, noon, and night, the protesters left.
"Since Jan. 4, the protesters and others have accused my husband of overreacting and have referred to my family as 'snowflakes,'" Hawley wrote. "And a police department spokesperson (who was not on the scene) has since described the protest as 'peaceful' and a 'minor' incident."
In an attempt to protect her home, Hawley filed a criminal complaint against the protest leader who is a self-described agitator. The magistrate judge issued a summons finding probable cause that state law had been broken.
"The First Amendment also allows states and local governments to protect their citizens from harassment and to prescribe reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on protest-like events," said Erin. "The assault on our home, followed by weeks of personal attacks on our family (from the simple, but sinister, 'watch your back,' to much more colorful and descriptive texts, emails, and phone calls) are not civil discourse. They are just meant to frighten."
Hawley said that if her sons would have been home during the attack, "the night-time protest would have had more than a 'minor' effect on our two small boys, as it would have on anyone's small children."